Clean sheet welcomed by hero Harris

Bob Harris, right, celebrates his and Sheffield United's first goal against Bradford City. Picture: Martyn Harrison.
Bob Harris, right, celebrates his and Sheffield United's first goal against Bradford City. Picture: Martyn Harrison.
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SHEFFIELD UNITED’S latest win will be best remembered for Bob Harris’s sublime strike on a day when – as manager Nigel Clough conceded – it required something special to break the deadlock.

On his exquisite goal, Harris added: “With it being a live Sky game, a lot of my friends were watching (back in Scotland) and it is nice to get on the scoresheet.

“It had been a while, but the most important thing was to get the three points.

“Jame Murphy did excellent. I said at half-time, if he could cut the ball back to me I could have a go and that time he cut it back to me and I hit the target. It’s a nice feeling to get on the scoresheet.

“After the game, someone said our last clean sheet away from home we had was against Tranmere (on Easter Monday) last season, so that is a big boost for us as a back five.

“If we keep clean sheets, tactically we know we are always going to create chances and our attacking players will always score goals if we keep the back door shut.”

A second derby defeat in front of the cameras rounded off a disappointing week for Bradford, who have now lost four of their last six home league matches.

For his part, City manager Phil Parkinson felt that Darby’s exit proved the game-changing moment and said his captain was left gutted by the decision.

He said: “I saw the referee and had a chat with him. I said ‘could you not have managed the situation?’.

“The referee has got to be bigger than that. For me, it was just a talking to.”

On his side’s efforts in ultimately difficult circumstances he added: “I thought the effort and commitment from my players was superb.”